December 13, 2022 at 7:43 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 12 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Donald L. Sauerer, 66, of Avon, who died Dec. 3, 2022, at his home in Avon. The Rev. Greg Miller, OSB, officiated.
Donald was born Sept. 12, 1956, in Melrose to Elmer and Dorothy (Raden) Sauerer. He married Cheryl Gill April 17, 1982, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Together they had two beautiful girls, Becky and Lynn.
Donald worked as a machinist at Columbia Gear in Avon for 45 years, along with farming for his entire life on the family farm. Donald’s true love was farming and his family, especially his granddaughters, who were the joy of his life. Donald was very proud and had a great passion for caring for his animals. He also enjoyed sharing his homemade cooking with his family and friends, especially his hearty soups and breads, all made from scratch, as he called this “the good stuff.”
Early in life, he learned the importance of hard work on the farm, and he continued that work ethic throughout his life. Donald was a gentle soul and full of kindness, always willing to help those in need. Lately, he found himself with extra time to work on some of the things he had not gotten to over the years. He enjoyed it when his neighbors and friends would stop by during the day to chat. He would say, “I didn’t get anything done today because I was busy shooting the breeze.”
Over the past couple of years, he enjoyed going to the lake cabin and spending the day with family. Donald spent time on the beach playing in the sand with his granddaughter, Nora, and then retired to a chair to catch a quick nap with the sun beating on his face.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl, of Avon; daughter Lynn (Joel) Hogendorn of St. Michael; grandchildren Nora and Abigail; sisters Renee Maile of Avon, and Mary (Charlie) Stalberger of Holdingford; mother-in-law Julitta Gill of St. Joseph; and in-laws Duane (Angie) Gill, Janice Mohr, Debbie (Rick) Posa, Mary Jo (Wayne) Volkers, Rhonda Gill, Lois (Byron) Birr, Charles Gill, Dale (Karen) Gill and Allen Gill.
Donald went to heaven to be reunited with his daughter, Becky; parents; father-in-law Eldred Gill; uncle Lawrence; brothers-in-law Randy Gill and Peter Maile, and four nephews.